Most Amazing Festivals in the World
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There is more than one Oktoberfest in the world, but the biggest and oldest (begun in 1810) traditional “Wiesn” takes place in Munich, Germany, annually for about 2-1/2 weeks, beginning mid-September and ending in early October. It is a celebration of German culture, but more than that, beer. Generally, over 6,000,000 attendees drink more than 7,000,000 litres (that’s litres, not pints) of beer during Oktoberfest.
A festival of beer, food and fun, most ethnic Germans wear traditional costumes (like lederhosen) and hats during the festival. Classic German-style meat-based dishes are also consumed in great quantities. The festival offers live music (oom pah pah bands and also pop), food and drink, and parades.
For those living in North America, the world’s second largest Oktoberfest occurs during the same time period in the city of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (about an hour northwest of Toronto). It has 700,000 attendees on average and can be driven to from all points in America and Canada. It’s been going on for 50 years.